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It is a rare pleasure to find a car that has been restored precisely to factory standards,and this Giulia Spider reflects just that. According to Alfa Romeo factory records, this Spider was built in July 1964; finished in red with a black interior; sold to US Alfa distributor ARI in Newark, New Jersey, that same month; and then first registered in the state of Arizona in 1965. In 1973, after experiencing some engine difficulties, it was taken off the road and purchased by another Arizona resident who began a rebuild that was not completed. At that time, the original engine was removed and discarded.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia then passed to Alan Headley of Phoenix in December 1975. Mr. Headley kept the Giulia until 1988, selling it, still in project condition, to Alfa Romeo specialist Bruce Begley of Arizona. Mr. Begley began a restoration in earnest on what was stated to be a very original car and, in May 1989, sold the partially completed Alfa to renowned and knowledgeable Italian car collector Dyke Ridgely of Illinois. From August 1989 to June 1990, a comprehensive and cosmetic restoration to original factory standards was carried out for Mr. Ridgely by the accomplished Dave Chambers of DC Engineering. A correct engine was located and rebuilt together with the gearbox, suspension, fuel, braking, and electrical systems. The completed Giulia Spider was shown at the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (AROC) National Concours in 1990 where it won First in Class, a fine testament to the authenticity of the restoration. The following year, this lovely Alfa Romeo was entered in the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, taking home the Dodge Award for featured marque.
In 2010, the Giulia Spider was sold to a prominent Southern California collector and has been treated to the finest level of care by an experienced collection manager and his team. During its current ownership, in addition to regular upkeep, the spider received a new exhaust system, the wheels have been freshly powder coated, some minor paintwork was performed, and the seats were re-stuffed for comfort and correct appearance. The Giulia was recently described by the consignor’s collection manager as being a blast to drive – even compared with far more valuable sports cars in the collection – and capable of covering long distances with confidence.
Superbly maintained and carefully enjoyed, this charismatic Alfa Romeo presents almost as it did the day it left the restoration shop. The superiority of the work is not surprising, given the thoroughness of the extensive documentation accompanying the car: thick binders with photos, correspondence, and invoices covering the cosmetic and mechanical work performed in the restoration, as well as a maintenance record log. This Alfa Romeo Guilia Spider is stated to be properly sorted and ready to enjoy, whether on rallies, tours, or the casual show field. With a known history, long-term Southwestern residence, thorough restoration, and fastidious upkeep, this Italian mid-century sports car is a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire an award-winning example of one of the most widely appreciated Alfa Romeos of all time.